On Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets finally pulled the trigger and put an end to the five-month long saga that had become the Rick Nash situation, in which the club's greatest player in franchise history requested a trade.
After several balked proposals reportedly coming from the New York Rangers, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson finally agreed to a deal with the team that brought forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, 21-year old defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft selection to Columbus.
Needless to say the reaction to the deal was underwhelming to say the least, especially considering the return Howson had been requesting, compared to the return he got.
Here is what SB Nation contributor, Bruce Ciskie had to say:
Howson had a duty in this process, and that was to get what he was looking for. Numerous reports had him seeking an NHL player, a prospect, and a first-round pick. Obviously, he wasn't going to get Jeff Skinner or something. But to go from asking San Jose for Logan Couture to getting what he got has to be quite the buzzkill in the Columbus front office, even if no one will publicly admit it. [...] It's tough to sell this as a good deal for Columbus. It just is. However, it beats no deal at all.
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